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Wed
22
Sep

BackAlley Theatre Announces Annual Board Meeting Date

BackAlley Theatre Announces Annual Board Meeting Date

BackAlley Community Theatre’s 2021 Annual Board Meeting will be held Monday, September 27, at 6:00 p.m. at our theater in Grand Cane.

We are especially proud to be “Celebrating 20 Years of Live Theater in DeSoto Parish,” and will present activities throughout the year to support this milestone. We are pleased to announce that as part of our anniversary celebration, Paul Moore, founder of BackAlley Community Theatre will be our guest speaker. In 2000 Paul Moore, who was living in Grand Cane at the time and had a life-long interest in community theater, noticed the unusual structure had good acoustics and a spark was lit.

We welcome you to join us and learn about our upcoming season, meet BackAlley’s founder, and enjoy “Celebrating 20 Years of Live Theater in DeSoto Parish” with refreshments and a delicious celebration cake.

Wed
22
Sep

Krewe of Demeter VI Celebrates Coronation

Krewe of Demeter VI Celebrates Coronation
Krewe of Demeter VI Celebrates Coronation
Krewe of Demeter VI Celebrates Coronation
Krewe of Demeter VI Celebrates Coronation
Krewe of Demeter VI Celebrates Coronation
Krewe of Demeter VI Celebrates Coronation
Krewe of Demeter VI Celebrates Coronation
Krewe of Demeter VI Celebrates Coronation
Krewe of Demeter VI Celebrates Coronation
Krewe of Demeter VI Celebrates Coronation

DeSoto Parish’s own Mardi Gras Krewe, The Krewe of Demeter, held its annual Coronation VI this past Saturday night at the beautiful Clista Calhoun Center in Mansfield. With a record breaking sellout crowd in attendance, and in true Mardi Gras tradition, Demeter’s Captain Linda Carter hosted the event. Master of Ceremonies was none other than friend of the Krewe, Dominique Benn from KSLA Channel 12 in Shreveport. The theme for this year’s Mardi Gras festivities was Crusin’ with the Krewe (a cruise ship theme).

Wed
22
Sep

LSP Reports Commercial Motor Vehicle Crash in DeSoto Parish Kills Shreveport Man

LSP Reports Commercial Motor Vehicle Crash in DeSoto Parish Kills Shreveport Man

On Monday, September 13, 2021, just before 11:00 a.m., Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop G began investigating a fatality crash involving two commercial motor vehicles. The crash occurred at the intersection of LA Hwy 5 at LA Hwy 3015. The crash claimed the life of 37-year-old Lakendrick Thomas.

The initial investigation revealed that 42-year-old Chad Sharpley, of Frierson, was driving northbound on LA Hwy 5, in a 2019 Peterbilt tractortrailer. At the same time, Thomas was traveling southbound on LA Hwy 5, in a 2020 Kenworth tractor-trailer. Sharpley lost control of the truck. As a result of this, Sharpley’s trailer struck the cab of the Kenworth.

Sharpley was restrained and was not injured. Thomas, who was wearing his seat belt, suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash. Impairment is not suspected to be a factor; however, routine toxicology results were submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.

Wed
22
Sep

Fate of DeSoto’s Yopp Animal Shelter Closing Still Undecided

Fate of DeSoto’s Yopp Animal Shelter Closing Still Undecided

It seems like only yesterday DeSoto Parish’s citizens and government entities were blessed with the signing bonuses and windfall for leasing property for the Haynesville Shale boom. In 2008 through 2010, people were made millionaires over night and the parish flourished like never before. The DeSoto Parish Police Jury as well as the School Board both were among those receiving unprecedented funds to invest and/or improve their services.

Wed
15
Sep

DPSO Reports Weather Alert on September 13

DPSO Reports Weather Alert on September 13

As of 2:10P.M. September 13,, Tropical Storm Nicholas had intensified in speed. This will make for a much earlier arrival than previously expected for our area.

You may scroll through the three attached images to see more in-depth information. At this time we are expecting this system to begin making it’s way into the DeSoto Parish area late Tuesday into early Wednesday morning. DeSoto Parish is expecting several inches of rain depending on the direction of the storm as it enters our area.

Impacts south of I-20 will include:

- Potential for significant amounts of rainfall that could lead to flash flooding between Tuesday and Thursday.

- Potential for tropical storm force wind gusts on Tuesday.

- Low but possible threat of isolated tornadoes between Tuesday and Thursday.

Wed
15
Sep

DOTD Announces ROAD CLOSURE: LA 5 between Gloster & Kingston in DeSoto

DOTD Announces ROAD CLOSURE: LA 5 between Gloster & Kingston in DeSoto

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development advises motorists that LA 5 between Gloster and Kingston in DeSoto Parish will be closed beginning on Wednesday, September 15, 2021.

This full road closure will be located on LA 5 from approximately 2.5 miles east of its intersection with US 171 near Gloster to approximately 2 miles west of its intersection with LA 175 near Kingston.

This road closure is scheduled to last 21 days, weather permitting, and is associated with the ongoing construction project to realign a section of LA 5 to lessen and smooth out a curve.

Alternate route:

Westbound traffic: LA 175 north to LA 3276 west to US 171 south to LA 5 west.

Eastbound traffic: US 171 north to LA 3276 east to I-49 south to LA 175 south to LA 5 east.

Access for local traffic only will be maintained during the closure. Thru traffic will need to detour using posted signage.

Restrictions/Permits: N/A

Wed
15
Sep

LSP Reports Three Killed in Two Separate DeSoto Parish Crashes on Labor Day

LSP Reports Three Killed in Two Separate DeSoto Parish Crashes on Labor Day

The first crash occurred on September 6, 2021, just before 6:00 p.m., when Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop G began investigating a single-vehicle fatality crash involving a UTV (utility terrain vehicle) on LA Hwy 5 near Jesse Latin Road. This crash claimed the life of 43-year-old Daniel Rodrigues.

The initial investigation revealed a 2011 Polaris Ranger, driven by Rodrigues, was traveling westbound on LA Hwy 5. Rodrigues attempted to make a U-turn while traveling at a high rate of speed, which caused it to overturn. Rodrigues was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected during the crash. As a result, he suffered fatal injuries.

Impairment is not suspected to be a factor in the crash, but routine toxicology samples were submitted for analysis.

Wed
15
Sep

Campbell Celebrates Growth of Renewable Power Use in LA

Campbell Celebrates Growth of Renewable Power Use in LA

The transition to clean renewable energy for Louisiana took another step forward this week with the start-up of the second of three planned SWEPCO wind farms in Oklahoma. The 287- megawatt Maverick wind farm is now providing more clean energy for SWEPCO’s Louisiana customers. The Maverick wind farm is the second of three wind-power facilities that make up the 1,485-MW North Central Energy Facilities project in Oklahoma.

The North Central project also includes the 199-MW Sundance wind farm, which began commercial operation in April 2021, and the 999- MW Traverse wind farm that is scheduled to begin commercial operation in early 2022.

Wed
15
Sep

DeSoto GOP Luncheon Slated for Sept. 16

DeSoto GOP Luncheon Slated for Sept. 16
DeSoto GOP Luncheon Slated for Sept. 16

The DeSoto Republican Party will host a luncheon on Thursday, September 16 at 12:00 p.m. at theRB4 Event Center to hear from Republican Senator Barry Milligan and Representative Larry Bagley. The legislators will be discussing what happened at the 2021 Legislative session, and the upcoming Constitutional Amendments that will be on the ballot in the fall. The doors will open at 11:30 a.m. for seating.

Those attending have an option to reserve a lunch, but you do not have to eat to attend. Organizers will only order the amount of plates by the number of RSVPs that they receive. The cost of the lunch will be $15.00 and is payable at the door. On the Geaux Catering will be providing a barbeque luncheon with all the trimmings. Remember, you do not have to eat to attend. To RSVP text Brandy at 318-218-6854.

DeSoto GOPs state that they look forward to seeing you there, and to feel free to tell others about the event and bring a friend.

Wed
15
Sep

Sheriff Welcomes New Patrol Deputy to DPSO Staff, Family

Sheriff Welcomes New Patrol Deputy to DPSO Staff, Family

Sheriff Jayson Richardson and staff would like to welcome our newest Patrol Deputy, Henry Ukpabi to the DPSO Family. Deputy Ukpabi completed his training at the Shreveport Regional Training Academy and will began protecting and serving the citizens of DeSoto Parish on Monday, September 06. Graduation was held on September 03, 2021. Deputy Ukpabi is pictured with Patrol Lt. Kyle Martin (left) and Chief Civil Deputy Monica Cason.

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